- the act of contaminating, or of making something impure or unsuitable by contact with something unclean, bad, etc.
- the act of contaminating, or of rendering something harmful or unusable by the addition of radioactive material: the contamination of food following a nuclear attack.
- the state of being contaminated: The manufacturer recalled the product because of possible salmonella contamination.
- Rare. something that contaminates a place or substance, as by making it impure, unsuitable, harmful, or unusable; a contaminant.
- an alternation in a linguistic form due to the influence of a related form, as the replacement in English of earlier femelle with female through the influence of male.
- the process of forming blends.Compare blend(def 9).
Origin of contamination
Related Words for contaminationcontagion, disease, epidemic, infection, corruption, pollution, poisoning, pestilence, impurity, decay, taint, plague, filth, foulness, defilement, rottenness, spoliation
Examples from the Web for contamination
Contemporary Examples of contamination
There is one theory that they were both exposed by a Liberian worker in the contamination crew who fell ill.‘He Could Have Brought Ebola Here’: Minnesota Widow on Her Husband
July 30, 2014
There has been a lot of concern about contamination of the evidence at the site.MH17 Is the World’s First Open-Source Air Crash Investigation
July 22, 2014
Contamination must be proven with certainty not supposition.Italian Court Explains Why It Overturned Amanda Knox’s Acquittal
Barbie Latza Nadeau
June 19, 2013
The contamination was ultimately traced back to a scrub technician named Kristen Parker.Doctor Accused of Infecting Patients With Hepatitis C Breaks Silence
February 22, 2013
So contamination sometimes has more to do with the kitchen or restaurant it came from then the food itself.The Green Monster
January 29, 2013
Historical Examples of contamination
He shrank away as if there had been contamination in my touch.The Tenant of Wildfell Hall
I am sorry because I believe there is contamination in such a scoundrel.A Tale of Two Cities
At all events she would be spared the contamination of the factory.The Downfall
Put up a forest of props (as at the Abbey) and keep off touch and contamination?The Christian
Shall I stop the carriage and remove the contamination of my disgusting person?Scaramouche
- the act or process of contaminating or the state of being contaminated
- something that contaminates
- linguistics the process by which one word or phrase is altered because of mistaken associations with another word or phrase; for example, the substitution of irregardless for regardless by association with such words as irrespective
Word Origin and History for contamination
early 15c., from Latin contaminationem (nominative contaminatio), noun of action from past participle stem of contaminare (see contaminate). Figurative sense is from c.1620; specifically of radioactivity from 1913.
- The act or process of rendering something harmful or unsuitable.
- The presence of extraneous, especially infectious, material that renders a substance or preparation impure or harmful.